Wit and wisdom endures in poetry

Jun 2, 2013

Wit and wisdom endures in poetry

by David Cozy

In considering the collected poems of Nanao Sakaki, one has to deal with a problem: his life. That life, by all accounts a marvelous adventure, threatens even now, more than four years after the adventure’s end, to overshadow his work. HOW TO LIVE ON ...

Sensual poetry on love, marriage

Mar 3, 2013

Sensual poetry on love, marriage

by David Burleigh

ONNA NI, by Shuntaro Tanikawa, with etchings by Yoko Sano, translated by William I. Elliott and Kazuo Kawamura. Shueisha, 2012, 80 pp., ¥1,470 (paperback) Shuntaro Tanikawa, born in 1931, is one of the most acclaimed poets in Japan — well known not only from ...

The wonderful worlds of 100 <em>waka</em>

Dec 30, 2012

The wonderful worlds of 100 waka

by Stuart Varnam-Atkin

The scene: England, Boxing Day 2012. The archetypical Carters are relaxing after a cold turkey lunch (with bread sauce) and are watching the Royal Family’s latest sonnets being read on the goggle-box. Time for a game! “‘Scrabble’?” “No, it always becomes ‘Squabble’!” “‘Monopoly’?” “No, ...